This June, my husband and I took a two week trip to the Greek Isles for our honeymoon. For part of the trip, we wanted to go a little bit off the beaten path, and with this in mind, Shirley Smith at Meander Adventures, encouraged us to visit the island of Naxos. Our stay on the island started off very well when we checked into the Villa Mirandi, which has the amenities of an inn with the personal attention of a bed and breakfast http://www.villa-marandi-naxos.com/. For five days we went exploring. Our breakfasts were included in the cost of the hotel, eggs to order, home baked pastries, along with fresh yogurt and jam.
Our days were filled with exploring the small towns in the countryside, from lush greenery and roadside castles, to beautiful bays, and mountains literally made of white marble. Each view was breathtaking. Though only a few of the roads were fairly treacherous, if you are renting a car, you need to be a confident driver. Evenings were spent in Chora (the center of town), walking along the boardwalk to see the sunset at Temple of Apollon, and traipsing through the tangled artist-filled paths of the Kastro (the old city). Our adventures always ended with a huge dinner, where the cost of a meal was the same as what it cost to buy a Coke in Mykonos. Naxos takes the Greek salad to new levels.
Naxos is an island that I would revisit in a heartbeat, with my husband, with girlfriends, or to explore on my own.